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Subject Leader: Mrs C Conroy

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.


Subject overview

Criminology (from Latin crīmen, "accusation"; and Greek -λογία, -logia) is the scientific study of criminal behaviour, on individual, social and natural levels, and how it can be managed, controlled and prevented.
This course will enable students to use theories of criminality to analyse criminal situations and make recommendations for policy. Students also develop the knowledge and skills to research policy in practice, assess campaigns for changes in awareness and examine information to review verdicts in criminal cases.

Sixth Form

Students study four units: 1. Changing Awareness of Crime, 2. Criminological Theories, 3. Crime Scene to Courtroom, 4. Crime and Punishment. The focus of the course is on students developing their skills and applying their learning in vocational contexts.

Students studying Criminology can continue their studies at university within a range of linked degree subjects such as Criminology and Criminal Justice, Criminology and Psychology, or Law with Criminology.  Alternatively, the qualification allows learners to gain the required understanding and skills to be able to consider employment within some aspects of the criminal justice system, e.g. the National Probation Service, the Courts and Tribunals Service or the National Offender Management Service.

An understanding of criminology is relevant to many job roles within the criminal justice sector, social and probation work, and sociology and psychology.